The art of coming second

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They even managed to lose to Surrey

If ever you happen to find yourself in the final of a coin-tossing competition against Somerset, put all your money on yourself. Technically, the odds are even. In practice, this is Somerset and it’s a final.

Somerset have now lost four of the last four domestic short format finals. If they handed out awards for coming second, they’d come second.


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  1. Among the many things that have changed since last Thursday, surely one of the biggest is that it is now possible for a Lancs fan to write articles mocking teams for consistently coming second with absolutely no sense of irony. Truly the world is a better place.

    1. I see what you mean about the future, Ceci, and no doubt it is worrying. But that is the future IN SURREY. I’m not sure we should expect anything more from a county named after a muttered apology.

      Rest assured that the future will be brighter elsewhere. Now that Lancashire literally rules the world (again), you can look forward to a far better range of novelty cricket figures, including Keedy Smurf, Kerri Smurf, and of course, Freckly Ginger Smurf.

  2. It all stems from the battle of Sedgemoor, the culmination of the Duke of Monmouth’s abortive revolt against James II in 1685, when the good people of Somerset were all too easily brushed aside by stronger county levies from elsewhere in the realm. Wounds like that can take centuries to heal.

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